Bhabra (Hindu traditions) in India


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The majority of the Bhabra people of India practice Hinduism and Jainism. Much smaller groups are Sikhs and Muslims. All Bhabra were at one time Hindus. The Bhabra are an ancient merchant class. The Bhabra originated in Pakistan. Most Hindu and Jain Bhabra moved to India during the 1947 Partition. Today most Hindu Bhabra are involved in trade and business. Some also work as university professors, writers and in the entertainment industry. The two primary languages of the Hindu Bhabra are Hindi and Eastern Punjabi. Many Bhabra also speak English.


Where Are they Located?

The Hindus among the Bhabra live in the states of Punjab, Haryana and especially Gujarat.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Hindu Bhabra marry within their group but not within their particular clan. Families arrange marriages with the consent of the young people. Adult marriage to one person is the norm. Sons inherit property upon the death of their father. The Hindu Bhabra value education and encourage their children to attend universities.

The Bhabra are not vegetarian but as Hindus will not eat beef. They hire Brahmans to officiate at important family ceremonies like weddings, births and funerals.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Though some of the Bhabra are Sikhs, Muslims or Jains, most of the Bhabra people are Hindus. As a business community, these Hindus are especially prone to worship gods like Ganesh and Lakshmi that they believe will bring them prosperity and help them overcome obstacles. The Bhabra visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews.


What Are Their Needs?

The Bhabra need to see that no religious system will bring them the peace and joy that they seek. Only Jesus Christ can get them right with the one, true God and forgive their sins.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Bhabra (Hindu traditions) in India.

* Pray for families of Bhabra believers loving and serving others to grow reproducing churches.
* Pray for a chain reaction of Bhabra families reaching families that results in thousands of new believers who share their faith with others.
Pray for grace and truth expanding into the entire Bhabra society as all believers learn to love others.
* Pray that churches and believers will bless their entire people group in such a way that God’s love will change the Bhabra people.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhabra


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Bhabra (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Bhabra (Hindu traditions)
World Population 40,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names भबरा (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16396
ROP3 Code 111542
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 7
Largest States
Delhi
17,000
Haryana
15,000
Himachal Pradesh
2,900
Gujarat
2,900
Punjab
2,600
Chandigarh
100
Daman and Diu
10
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 7
  Delhi 17,000
  Haryana 15,000
  Himachal Pradesh 2,900
  Gujarat 2,900
  Punjab 2,600
  Chandigarh 100
  Daman and Diu 10
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Hindi (20,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
Punjabi, Eastern
14,000
Gujarati
2,900
Haryanvi
700
Kangri
600
Bilaspuri
300
Pahari, Mahasu
300
Bagri
100
Bhattiyali
80
Churahi
40
Primary Language Hindi (20,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
  Punjabi, Eastern 14,000
  Gujarati 2,900
  Haryanvi 700
  Kangri 600
  Bilaspuri 300
  Pahari, Mahasu 300
  Bagri 100
  Bhattiyali 80
  Churahi 40
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1835-2012)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Virtual Storehouse
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Hindi
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub)
Film / Video Coconuts
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Profile Source Keith Carey  
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